GTTN working groups are formed by network members. WGs develop GTTN core activities, with coordination and guidance from the Expert and Steering Committees.
WGs will produce a joint roadmap on three core activities: Methods standardisation; Data repository & expert catalogue; Communication, policy & advocacy.
Core activity 1: Standardise methods
Critical steps in the different timber tracking methods will be identified and those of highest priority for harmonisation will be selected.
Existing protocols and guidelines will be assembled and evaluated as a basis for developing formal (where possible) or informal standards, taking into account particular needs raised by the users. Where needed, additional guidelines will be developed to integrate the results of the different timber tracking methods.
For non-critical steps, existing protocols and guidelines will be assembled and shared to build capacity.
► identify critical steps of timber tracking methods
► participate in assembling and reviewing guidelines
► share experiences on methods for developing the international GTTN guidelines
Core activity 2: Build a data repository & expert catalogue
Develop an interoperable and distributed database for species- and georeference data catering for a holistic multi-method approach and providing an overview of data coverage and gaps.
Build an expert catalogue and service portfolio to handle questions on tree species or geographic origin: leads to a list of available laboratories with the right expertise.
► contribute to setting up an optimal database for all stakeholders
► share reference data (secured by data sharing and IP agreements)
► share lab contact and expertise data
Core activity 3: Communication, policy & advocacy
Assemble needs of policy makers, practitioners and researchers to guide and fine-tune method development.
Inform researchers and stakeholders along the global timber supply chain network about available services.
► share experience on specific needs for timber tracking tools and tool development issues
► contribute to developing and implementing an advocacy strategy and setting up new projects